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Loss of film IQ or character when converting to digital for viewing or printing?
Old 09-19-2019   #1
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Loss of film IQ or character when converting to digital for viewing or printing?

For film users, is there a loss of it's unique character when scanned to digital for viewing on a screen or for printing purposes? Is it less of a problem for B&W film than color negative or reversal film? To me the advantage of shooting digital is the ability to adjust highlights, shadows, color, etc. but I'm willing to give film a second look if I know what advantages it provides.
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Old 09-21-2019   #2
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Hi,
I scan B&W film and work on them in LightRoom or Photoshop before printing them at A3 or even A2. I find the results excellent; but, as with anything, there is a learning curve.
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A couple of examples for you:

Barcelona.
Couple. Barcelona, 2003. by John Beeching, on Flickr

Sahagún
Sahagún by John Beeching, on Flickr
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Old 10-06-2019   #4
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For film users, is there a loss of it's unique character when scanned to digital for viewing on a screen or for printing purposes? Is it less of a problem for B&W film than color negative or reversal film?
As no digital scanner can capture the true look, feel or resolution of film, there will always be a significant difference between the scan, and what it looks like when viewed directly with a high quality loop.

However, film scans do have unique qualities that make look it different (which many of us prefer) than images produced by digital cameras.

This is true regardless of the type of film used.
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